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1st Annual SAM Foundation Awards ft. Jim Lauderdale

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Come down to Sportsmen’s Tavern on Monday evening (9/21 @7pm) to enjoy live music by Jim Lauderdale, Bill Kirchen, Kim Lenz, and Stone Country for the 1st annual SAM Foundation Awards.

The Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation has had a highly successful first year as the premier non-profit music organization in WNY.  A variety of events have been held, and they’re consistently increasing their membership and  moving full steam ahead to make Buffalo the equal of Austin and Nashville.  Therefore, it is with great pride and excitement that the SAM Foundation announce their 1st annual Awards Night, which will be a very prestigious event showcasing the best of the WNY music scene along with distinguished and influential national Americana music stars.

For fans of Americana music, Lauderdale needs no introduction. He’s a musician’s musician and a great American storyteller. He’s been making hits long before some of you knew how to walk. His career has taken him all over the United States and abroad, making him an international recording artist with an ever-growing fan base. He won “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the first Honors and Awards Show, which was held by the American Music Association in 2012. Subsequently, he has hosted this same show for the last seven years.

Lauderdale is one of Nashville’s “A” list of songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as: Patty Loveless, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, and George Straight. This clearly isn’t his first rodeo. He just released his 26th studio album, I’m a Song, which features an all-star cast of friends and contributors like Elvis Costello and John Oates. Despite the 20-song track list, I’m a Song never wears out its welcome, thanks to Lauderdale’s immaculate talent and diversity. His style is sweet but not oversentimental, “Today I’ve Got The Yesterdays” represents country music as it is and should be, with effective fiddle and Patty Loveless on backing vocals. The entire album is a reflection of Lauderdale’s entire career and any fan of country/Americana/bluegrass will not be disappointed.

$25 members, $35 non-members, $50 reserved seats on 1st floor and 2nd floor first balcony.




If third time’s a charm, fourth time’s explosive. Friday August 7th, Town Ballroom will be taken by storm by Team Radio’s 4th annual Teamwork event. Teamwork 2015 is to be a memorable night of mind-blowing music in the name of raising awareness and support for Compeer of Greater Buffalo.

This year’s lineup includes second to none local and internationally acclaimed hip hop performances. Musician and filmmaker, Chae Hawk, the man behind creative record label Team Radio and the Progressive rap Cinema genre, will be performing in collaboration with X Nameless as well as some of his own music (if you’re not excited by now, hop on YouTube and check out his music video “Dirty Rich” or their collaborative single “Good Days”. These guys are good.)  For 93.7 WBLK enthusiasts, DJ Juggernaut will be dropping his own beats as well as Sirius XM Radio’s DJ Heat. The headliner of the evening is producer and EDM/ hip-hop phenomena Araabmuzik, fresh off his new record Dream World.

What makes this night more than just a ridiculously awesome showcase of talent and creativity is the cause. After raising $1,200 in 2013, Teamwork 2015 is again supporting Compeer of Greater Buffalo, a volunteer mentor program designed to help kids, adults, veterans and senior citizens succeed and find a greater sense of mental well being through mentorship with carefully picked volunteers.  This organization thrives on the power of friendship and touches lives of hundreds of Buffalo citizens. Teamwork 2015 will not only help raise awareness for this organization but also celebrate its 30th birthday.

Tickets for Teamwork 2015 may be purchased in advance online for $20 dollars. With unforgettable music for an unfathomably important cause, this event is not one to be missed.


Friday (8/7 @8pm-12am)

Town Ballroom 681 Main St, Buffalo (

Tickets $20/ Ages 16+


~ Kellie Coppola


Uncle Ben’s Remedy: What to Expect from our 2015 Art Boom Competition Winners By Nina Lapres

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Uncle Ben

Photo By Lee Hoffman


For an alternative pop-rock concert like 107.7’s Kerfuffle, one of the least likely genres to see coming out of the Buffalo Festival would be a band with an overwhelming Country/Bluegrass sound. Yet even with these odds in mind, the five men in Uncle Ben’s Remedy were able to do just that by being named the Grand Finale Winners of the 2015 Artvoice Boom Competition and are set to take their Outlaw Country sounds to the masses on the Kerfuffle stage. With their first album only 10 months old, the band is more than happy to see all of their hard work pay off.

Uncle Ben’s Remedy started out as a gang of friends from the South-towns that usually enjoyed singing the songs of Lynyrd Skynerd and the Allman Brothers at family gatherings and parties among friends. When the band decided to become something bigger and hit the studios, their sound of familial intimacy and personal sincerity shined through to add even more of a unique tune to the masses.

After talking to the band’s singer/guitarist Harmony Griffen, I could tell that the band their definition of family included their tight-nit fan base just as much as their blood relatives. The band is even going as far as renting out school buses in order to give their fans from the South-towns a safe ride to their shows in the city.

When a local band wins a competition like the Artvoice Boom Competition, music fans would expect their favorite group to become more arrogant and proud as soon as their music is thrust in the spotlight, but according to Griffen their BOOM win “has been incredibly humbling for the band.”

The band played in the final two rounds and they were more blown away by the amount of fans at the show than the thought of the grand prize at their fingertips. “To see the response at the 2 live rounds is something that will stay with us for a long time,” Griffen says.

As far as the financial grand prize goes, the group says that the money will go directly to the production of their next LP, which they had already begun creating when they were announced the BOOM Champions.

So now that the competition is won and Kerfuffle 2015 is just around the corner, what should the festival goers expect from UBR’s opening performance? Harmony Griffin has a few predictions in mind:

“You are gonna be dancing and likely drunk when it’s all said and done. We are still debating an internal bet to wear daisy dukes on the kerfuffle stage. We’ll see how that goes.”

Even though their sets are usually seen as carefree fun, the heart and hard-work will still be very prevalent.

“For Kerfuffle, I like to think new fans will get a chance to see what got us here in the first place.” Said Griffen.

You can see Harmony and the rest of Uncle Ben’s Remedy perform their grand prize opening set at Kerfuffle 2015 at Canalside on Saturday, July 25.


~ Nina Lapres

Just Announced: Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness (11/27/15)

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Seven albums, three bands, and 15 years into his career, Andrew McMahon continues to reinvent and reinvigorate his music.

The Southern-California singer/songwriter’s latest album, the self-titled first release of his new Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness project, was released in October of last year and finds McMahon spreading his wings into new sonic and thematic territories while retaining his penchant for deeply personal lyrics and confessional melodies.

Reinvention, though, is nothing new for McMahon, who started out fronting emo band Something Corporate before breaking off for a solo project under the name Jack’s Mannequin. McMahon recently made a change again with the release of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. “I think I was ready to move on from Jack’s Mannequin,” he said. “A lot of that music was so closely attached to a really difficult time in my life that spiritually I was ready to cleanse myself of that and move into a new, exciting chapter that didn’t have to be so closely attached to my cancer,” referring to his diagnosis and battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

With a newly born child, McMahon was ready to look forward and felt a new name, his own name, was a necessary step to take in his career. “I felt like I was in a new moment in my life where so many things were changing and my emotional and spiritual headspace was so much more grounded. In that it was like this is the moment to step out and say, ‘Yeah I am a guy in a band but my name is Andrew and I’d like you to hear my new songs.’”

Still, though, the inclusion of “in the Wilderness” in his moniker adds a layer of disconnect he felt it was important to have. He explained, “One, this was such a collaborative process. Even though I consider myself a solo artist, I can’t deny the fact that there are so many people whose hard work factors into these songs, and this was an extremely, if not the most, collaborative process I’ve ever been a part of. The other side of it, when I hear the word ‘wilderness,’ that’s really what I was feeling. This sort of strange moment where I was on this adventure, I was stepping into new territory, I was maybe a little afraid but also very excited to walk into this new world.”

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness finds McMahon co-writing songs more than at any point in his career, working primarily with Mike Viola (of Candy Butchers fame) and James Flannigan to flesh out his more pop-centric songs. “I didn’t want to rest on my laurels if I was gonna make a new record under my own name. I wanted to find new melodies and find new changes and find new rhythms to set those songs to. Certainly I learned that by getting into a space with other people and being open to that, you can find your way to new sounds.

“There’s so much spiritual and physical energy that it takes to make a record. I just dug in really deep and got into my corner and said, ‘I’ve gotta make a great record for me.’ I had to make all these collaborations I was stepping into about making a great record for myself. I think, like anything, you can’t take for granted what you have and you also can’t get too set in your ways. You gotta just keep moving and keep your eye on the future. I’ve been really blessed, there’s no question about it. I’ve been very lucky to be supported by a lot of great people who believe in my career and believe that it deserves to keep moving forward.”


On Friday, November 27th, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness will be performing at Town Ballroom with New Politics. Tickets go on sale this Friday (6/26 @10am) and can be purchased here.



Well Kept Things EP Release

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Photo Credit – Brett Ballachino


Buffalo’s pop/punk band Well Kept Things have just released their debut EP, Homegrown via Antique Records. The band puts an exclusive indie spin on conventional pop/punk music that undoubtably makes for great songs. Their anthem-like choruses and driving guitars will have you playing these songs in your car all summer long. Check out their song ‘Younger’ below and stream the entire EP on Absolutepunk.

Photo Gallery: Buddy Guy and Quinn Sullivan


The legendary Buddy Guy and fifteen year old guitar sensation Quinn Sullivan performed this past April 22nd at the UB Center for the Arts. Photos by Cheryl Gorski.

PHOTOS by Christopher Miller: B.O.O.M. Round 3 Showdown

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Check out some photos from our Round 3 Live BOOM show.

Congratulations to Luanjie for picking up the most votes. With the win, they’ll move on to the finals in June where they’ll join Round 1 winners Intent to Sell and Round 2 winner Erica Wolfling.

A big thank you to Sara Elizabeth and Wild Things for their performances at our live showdown, and of course, thank you to all the fans who came out to support original local music!

Round 4 begins this week, with our next pair of acts to be announced on Thursday. If you’re in a band and want a chance to participate in Round 4, and ultimately, a chance to win $5000 and other prizes, our submissions remain open – but time is running out, so you’ll want to sign up ASAP here!

Happy Hour w/ American Low

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It was 6pm on the first Friday in March when Michael Brady and I walk into Just Vino Wine Bar located on the cozy, “SoHo-esque” setting of Main Street in downtown Buffalo.

He’s about to tell me about his new music venture that he’s been working on this past year, but first, I put in an order for 2 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon by Ferrari Carano. “I won’t lie to you,” I tell him. “I only order the wine I can pronounce.”

Luckily for me, the bartender didn’t hear my ‘entry level’ remark.

I am by no means a wine enthusiast, and it’s now become vividly clear.

Michael begins to tell me about the vibrant aromatics of cassis, cedar, licorice and other spices that attribute to the flavor. “You just have to know what to look for when drinking a fine wine,” he says before going through the appropriate steps of wine tasting.

Once he’s satisfied with his explanation and the fact I won’t embarrass him in front of the crowd of happy hour winos, we get started.

“We only have two goals as a band: To be on Ellen, and to be able to say ‘thank you Milan.’” Michael says with only a half joking tone.

He’s just a week away from launching his debut song “Cloud” as well as gearing up for the first show with his three-piece indie/rock band, American Low.

“We’re about to put out everything we’ve been working on the past year,” he says. “I had around 40-50 song ideas just laying around with no direction.

“I showed a good friend of mine some of the material and he really pushed me into turning them into something real.”

With the drive and passion to complete his unfinished songs, Michael went into the studio to record his ideas with fellow band-mates Ben Gigone and Jeremy Shields.

“We started tracking at Quiet Country Audio and it soon turned into something I’ve been waiting for. We now have a lot of content that we’re finally ready to put out there.

“American Low will be releasing a music video for the single along with our website on Sunday, March 15th

The group has their first show coming up this week at the Bug Jar in Rochester before heading to the Studio at Waiting Room this Friday (3/13 @6pm).

“We’re opening up for a band called Royal Tongues for a hometown show,” he said. “I honestly don’t know how it’s going to go. We haven’t even played live as a band, but I know we’ll encompass the honesty of the songs as well as the sincerity we bring to the table in a live setting.”

As a songwriter, Michael strives on his brutally honest lyrics and earnest melodies.

“I always want to come from a place of sincerity,” he tells me. “A good song is one that is honest and catchy. You can have a really honest song, but if you want it to be marketable, it has to be catchy as well.

“I’m confident to say we have a nice hybrid of the two.”

We begin to move on to our second bottle of wine, and I notice there’s something about drinking wine that makes you feel smart and pretentious at the same time.

As the glasses flow, the confidence in Michaels voice follows.

“I honestly think that by the end of the year, we’ll be signed,” he says.

I tell him it’s a bold statement, but can’t help but to be intrigued.

“A lot of bands fail when they don’t have their own identity and attitude,” he said.

“These days, bands just borrow from others and fail to remain unique. With the right songs and a professional attitude, anything is possible. We have the songs and we have our identity”

You can tell he has the same ‘I-don’t-give-a-shit’ attitude and confidence of the English rock band, Oasis. Similar to Liam Gallagher, Michael Brady isn’t afraid to name names and stir up some controversy.

“It’s tough being in a band from Buffalo,” Michael says. “I’ll be honest, I don’t think the scene has been relevant or as sincere as it was when I was growing up and going to shows.

“I’m excited to help revive that spark. I think we have the ability to do that.”

Buffalo has always been known for immense amount of artistry and cultural, but above all, music.

“When I was younger, there were a group of bands that had a collected vision and support for one another. People were engaged and it was interesting.

I’d like to see that happen again. Back around 10-15 years ago, random bars and restaurants with no affiliation to music started putting on shows because there was such an overflow of good music and bands.”

The tone of his voice has the perfect amount of cockiness that you can’t help but to admire.

“The Release of American Low will be my proudest musical moment thus far,” He says. “I’ve only played in two acts my entire musical career and both were successful in different ways.

I’ve seen the country a few times over, but I’ve never produced something so pure. These songs are the most honest thing I’ve ever created.”



~ Jeffrey Czum




The Rolling Stones in Buffalo: Could It Really Be True?

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According to a recent post on

“Look for an official Rolling Stones tour announcement coming up, maybe as soon as Wednesday, March 11th. The legendary band will be announcing the re-issue of their classic 1971 album, Sticky Fingers, in addition to a 14-city North American trek.

Reportedly, the band will play the entire Sticky Fingersalbum each show. Tracks include: ‘Bitch,’ ‘Wild Horses,’ ‘Moonlight Mile,’ ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ (video below), ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘You Gotta Move’ (video below) and ‘Dead Flowers.’

The tour is to kickoff in late May at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and then head down to San Diego (though that could be in reverse order as the schedule has yet to be finalized).

Reportedly – without being officially confirmed – The Stones will play Milwaukee on June 23rd and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4th. Other stops are said to include Red Rocks in Colorado, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and somewhere in NYC. There will be Canadian cities on the tour, which could include a festival.”

Although it still seems to be just a rumor, we can still hope.


For more details on this, check out the article here.

Your ’80s Workout Playlist

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As an ’80s baby, I often like to brag about how ‘tubular’ this decade was. From track suits and aviators to Frogger and Rubik’s cubes, the ’80s were filled to the brim with awesome. But what brought this decade of rad to an unforgettable level was, undoubtedly, the music. Whether we’re talking about the epic training montage scenes from Rocky or the synthpop trakcs that dominated the radio waves, it’s clear that these songs will get your adrenaline pumping. Now that it’s starting to warm up – crank up the volume on your walkman, grab your posse, and book it to the gym. Each beat will fuel you with the drive of Arnold, the ambition of Ren, and the wisdom of Mr. Miyagi.


10. Huey Lewis – The Power of Love



9. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone



8. Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf



7. Talking Heads – Burning Down The House



6. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again



5. a-ha – Take On Me



4. Survivor – Burning Heart



3. Joe Esposito – You’re The Best



2. John Parr- Man in Motion 



1. Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’






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